The Efficacy of Advanced Visual Display Technologies in Simulated Airborne Command and Control Environments
GENERAL DYNAMICS ADVANCED INFORMATION SYSTEMS DAYTON OH
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Increases in information availability have elevated the issue of display cluttering in application domains in which display space is limited. To remediate this problem, evaluations of potential display technologies should be conducted. This paper discusses the examination of head-mounted displays HMDs and a multi-layer display MLD in a simulated airborne environment. Eight participants engaged in tasks in which they were required to retrieve information presented on one of several display technologies. This information was available via two types of HMD, on paper, on the MLD, or on the primary display. The results indicated that the HMDs and MLD tested did not in general deliver a performance benefit over the other methods of information retrieval. However, the MLD did produce a decrease in the subjective rating of mental workload and a perceived improvement on several post-experimental scales.
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